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Experts say early education pays off

August 3, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Ronald Kotulak

Study finds funds saved in long run

Head Start reauthorization bill debated

August 2, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Marti Maguire

Conflicting studies have been used to argue for and against the effectiveness of Head Start, which has provided educational, medical and social services to about 20 million disadvantaged children in its 38-year history. Edward Zigler, Sterling Professor of Psychology at Yale, said it’s unfair to compare Head Start students, who must overcome the disadvantages of…

Leading Authority Disputes Child Care Statements

July 16, 2003 Outcomes
Steve Barnett

NIEER Director Steve Barnett said the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, indicates, as does other research, that child care can lead to increased behavior problems. “However, other rigorous studies find that high quality programs for even very young children can have the…

Head Start critics want change before study

July 14, 2003 Outcomes

Results from $28M project examining program's impact not complete until 2006

Editorial: Head Start effort does need update

July 12, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local

The program has brought needed intervention services to millions of low-income children since its creation in 1965. But a June report from the federal Department of Health and Human Services is damning about what the program is not doing to meet children’s needs today, when much more is known about the cognitive development of 3-…

Editorial: Reading as a civil right

July 11, 2003 Outcomes

The 38-year-old Head Start program, which serves nearly 1 million low-income children ages 3 to 4, has enjoyed a stellar reputation — some of which is even deserved. However, the fact is that there remains a significant “readiness gap” between Head Start graduates and their more affluent peers.

Opinion: Hatch leading way to improve child-care assistance

July 6, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Rick Dinse

Child care is a good investment. Rutgers University economist Steven Barnett estimated that one quality preschool program in Michigan produced nearly $150,000 per child in savings from reduced crime.

Opinion: Cuts Hurt Kids Most, But We’ll All Pay Later

July 3, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes

Investing in Early Childhood Education Would Promote Learning and Save Taxpayer Money in the Long Run

City looks to Smart Start to discourage crime early

June 29, 2003 Outcomes
Dana Clark Felty, Morris News Service

Many think there is a strong connection between crime and education, or rather the lack of it. Some think that means an early start on education makes especially good sense here.

Head Start’s success debated

June 11, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Felicia Thomas-Lynn

Report says youngsters lag behind peers in skills